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Eastern California Museum

155 N. Grant Street, Independence, CA 93526
760-878-0258
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County... more » Owner description: The mission of the Museum is to collect, preserve, and interpret objects and information related to the cultural and natural history of Inyo County and the Eastern Sierra, from Death Valley to Mono Lake. The museum's permanent exhibitions include Native American basketry and crafts, Norman Clyde, Water Wars, Manzanar, Mary Austin, farming, ranching, pioneer families, geology, and a rotating special exhibit each year. The Museum also houses about 27,000 historic photographs of the Eastern Sierra region.We also have a museum giftshop. « less
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Mojave, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

A statement in the museum is certainly accurate when I visited the Eastern California Museum, Independence, CA...the heart of the museum's collection is the basketry which is one of the largest exhibits of Owens Valley Paiute-Shoshone and Death Valley Panamint-Shoshone basketry in the Nation. From cradleboards, to bows and arrows, then highlighted by the awesome Paiute beadwork, this accessible museum... More

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Bakersfield
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33 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 via mobile

Hubby and I figured a quick stop to see this museum-as soon as we walked in our mouths dropped open! What an amazing place! The most fantastic Native American basket collection I've ever seen! And in perfect condition! But that is only one part, there are so many wonderful artifacts-it's like going to a mini-smithsonian! Don't miss it!

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North Las Vegas, Nevada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

My wife and I stopped by this museum on a roadtrip. They have a large collection of native American baskets, whose workmanship and artistry are evident even if you are not interested in baskets. Lots of photographs and artifacts. Some of the minerals I had not even seem in the Smithsonian's collection. The dedicated staff are a national treasure in... More

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Wiehle, VA
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166 reviews 166 reviews
30 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

This is one of California's finest museums. This is a strong recommend! Allow several hours to explore not just the museum, but the "attic" out back!

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Newport Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

If you want to stop while traveling along the 395 and learn more about the Sierra Nevada and Owens Valley, then make sure to stop by this free museum. It has exhibits indoors and outdoors, it's interesting, and worth your time. I recommend it!

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Wonderful collection of native american basketry and other artifacts, as well as a research library.

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Heber City, Utah, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This museum is a few blocks off the highway and because of its remote location may be passed by. But this was a real treat and has hundreds of Native American artifacts, beads, points and an amazing collection of baskets from two private collections. I lost count somewhere around 150 baskets ranging from small hand baskets to huge water jugs.... More

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This place is chock-full of information on this region, from the native Paiute tribe, to the Owens Vally water wars, to an excellent appendix to the Manzanar Nat'l Historic Site, to mountaineer Norman Clyde. They even had a native plant garden outside (though not very interesting to look at during the winter...CA native plants are best during the Spring). The... More

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Portal, Arizona
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I have driven through this town hundreds of times, and never stopped. I don't know why, perhaps just in a hurry to get to my northern destination. Folks, this is the place to stop and smell the roses! I will never look at this town the same way again after stopping at this museum this month. It is full of... More

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Bishop, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012

Great local museum, nice collection of native american artifacts. Ranch and minning history, plus the famous water history of the City of Los Angeles.

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